No Time To Die is almost here. The new James Bond movie has been famously delayed numerous times, but the blockbuster is officially (finally) coming within days. With the release comes some sadness: this marks Daniel Craig's final movie as 007. No replacement has been announced, but the actor has promised to go out on an absolute high – and there will no doubt be a few emotional moments throughout the movie's long runtime (No Time To Die is the longest James Bond movie yet).
To get you primed for the new Bond film, we've rundown absolutely everything you need to know about No Time To Die. Our team even spoke to the creatives behind the project to get some exclusive news. There's a lot to get into, but first we'll start with the essentials, before getting into some tidbits from the cast and director that will have you anxiously awaiting Craig's final Bond outing.
- Daniel Craig and the team behind No Time To Die take us behind-the-scenes on Bond's latest film
No Time to Die release date
The No Time to Die release date has been delayed a few times, originally moving from November 2019 into February 2020, and then to April 2020, then to November 2020, then again to April 2, 2021.
Now, finally, the release date is set at September 30 in the UK and October 8 in the US. Yes, Bond's home country is getting the new film a bit early, but Americans will have the luxury of seeing No Time To Die on the streaming platform Paramount Plus just 45 days after its cinema release.
No Time to Die trailers
The first No Time to Die trailer emerged in December 2019. And Daniel Craig’s Bond is washed-up – again!
Following immediately on from the events of Spectre, the trailer sees 007 screeching through the streets with Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann in tow. The name of the game here appears to be betrayal, specifically Madeline’s possible backstab, judging by Bond’s reaction: “We all have our secrets,” he spits, “we just didn’t get to yours yet.”
Appearing to be off-grid, 007 is recruited by Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter (returning for the first time since Quantum of Solace and becoming the first actor to ever play the character in three Bond movies) for a job.
Bond also comes face-to-face with the latest 00-agent off the MI6 conveyor belt, played by Lashana Lynch. She promises to put a bullet in his knee. At least, the one that works. Ouch. No Time to Die, plenty of time to gently prod the ever-weary Bond, it seems.
The crux of the trailer, though, concerns Swann’s secret. A mask in the mail signifies that some major beans are about to be spilled, and it probably has something to do with Rami Malek’s unnamed villain. He’s seen wearing the mask in a later scene. Adding to the villain stakes, we also get a surprise Blofeld return. Thankfully, he’s all locked up… for now.
If you want a super-special breakdown of the No Time to Die trailer, be sure to check out our feature with director Cary Fukunaga.
Bond also managed to sneak his way into the big game with a No Time to Die Super Bowl 2020 trailer. There are a handful of new scenes to take in, including Craig's 007 piloting a wafer-thin spy plane alongside Lashana Lynch's character and Bond gunning down some unseen baddies on a city street.
Then there's the second official major trailer. It's hefty, too, clocking in at over three minutes and taking us everywhere from Santiago to Italy, to Jamaica, and even in an underwater plane. Now, pay attention, this is our best look yet at Rami Malek's villain, Lashana Lynch's 00-agent, Nomi, and Ana de Armas' Paloma.
With the No Time To Die release date impending, MGM launched the "final" trailer, featuring a fair amount of already-seen imagery but also putting a renewed emphasis on Safin, the villain. Check it out above.
No Time to Die cast
The actor also confirmed this will be his last film as 007. "I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait,” he told Colbert. One assumes by "high note" he doesn't mean in a hospital bed, as shooting had to shut down in early 2019 thanks to an ankle injury picked up on-set by Craig.
There are also plenty of returnees: Regular 007 sidekicks Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), and Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) are all back in the saddle for No Time to Die. And intriguingly, so is Léa Seydoux, whose Madeleine Swann was last seen with Bond at the end of Spectre – a rare return for a Bond movie love interest.
There's also a new 00 in town. Step forward Lashana Lynch, the actress best known for appearing in Captain Marvel alongside Brie Larson. She's playing Nomi. Lynch even confirmed she's the new 007, replacing Craig's James Bond.
One of those coming back, Naomie Harris, spoke to Total Film about her character's development in No Time to Die. According to the Moneypenny actress, she's "matured somewhat."
There are also a handful of newcomers joining No Time to Die. Those fresh faces entering 007’s orbit include Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as the villain Safin, Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), and French newcomer Dali Benssalah.
No Time to Die theme song
Billie Eilish performs the dramatic No Time to Die theme, which was released back in February 2020. “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way," she said of singing the title song. "To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”
The turnaround for "No Time to Die" didn’t quite mirror the slower pace of the piece: “We got a piece of the script, the first scene, and then we wrote the song immediately… we wrote it in three days. We wrote it in Texas, and we recorded it in a bunk on the bus in a basement in the dark," she said in an interview with Zane Lowe.
Eilish also said the No Time to Die theme “went through a lot of different versions” but that “it was a really good collaborative experience [with No Time to Die composer Hans Zimmer].”
Plus, if you want the No Time to Die theme intercut with footage from the film, check out the official music video now.
No Time to Die runtime
The No Time to Die runtime is 2 hours and 43 minutes (163 minutes).
That dwarves the previous clockbusting high point in Bond history. Craig’s previous movie, Spectre, ran for 148 minutes. In fact, three of Daniel Craig’s previous four movies as the iconic secret agent rank among the franchise’s longest efforts. The longest non-Craig Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (142 minutes) – and half of that was the snow chase with George Lazenby. The shortest? Craig again, with Quantum of Solace running for a lean 106 minutes.
No Time to Die director
Cary Fukunaga jumped on board as the No Time to Die director in September 2018. This followed the news that Danny Boyle had left the project, which was then called Bond 25, due to creative differences (via The Guardian).
Fukunaga may not be a household name – but there’s a good chance you’ve seen his most acclaimed work. He’s best known for helming the entirety of True Detective season one. If you remember the extended tracking shot during the series' fourth episode, you’ll know why fans are excited for him to take charge of a Bond film.
The director has also helmed Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre, and Maniac. However, he also left True Detective and the original It because of, you guessed it, creative differences. Thankfully, it was all smooth sailing this time around.
No Time to Die villain
Beyond 007, the big No Time to Die cast news is that Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-winner and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is playing the villain Safin.
Director Cary Fukunaga opened up about Malek's character motivations. He told sister publication Total Film: "Every tyrant and villain is trying to play God in some way, right? They see themselves higher than everyone else. They’re pulling the strings. There’s an entitlement there, and a playfulness. So yeah, I guess all the great villains play God."
For his part, Malek said in an interview with Total Film that he doesn't want to shoot down any rumors that he'd be playing Dr. No. However, Fukunaga later dismantled any speculation that Safin's that iconic villain re-incarnated. "This is a new villain," he told SFX. "He’s not, as some have speculated, Dr. No. Hopefully, he’ll be one that is lasting in some way."
No Time to Die plot
You would have to sign the Official Secrets Act to get anywhere near the No Time to Die plot – and even then, you'd be locked in a cell until the movie's release, just to make sure you didn't blab. Even so, there are a few tidbits of the No Time to Die story in general circulation, as long-time 007 producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed at the movie’s launch in Jamaica that: “Bond is not on active service when we start the film, he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica. So he starts his journey [there].”
Bond is enjoying some extended R&R when the movie begins – fingers crossed things don't go as badly as they did for Jason Bourne’s vacation at the start of The Bourne Supremacy.
Unfortunately, the official No Time to Die synopsis doesn’t bode well for any romantic getaways. "His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help," it reads. "The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."
There's even a brief look at the Jamaica scenes out in the wild, thanks to the 007 Twitter account. Leiter is looking the little worse for wear in scenes that harken back to 007's original movie outing, Dr. No, which was also set in Jamaica.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Bond flick without a trip back to London. Jamaica is the starting point, but it seems like Daniel Craig's secret agent will be going back to his roots. Bond even has one of his trademark cars in tow: the Aston Martin V8, last seen in Timothy Dalton's The Living Daylights.
Another shooting location could also clue us in on the plot. Bond is heading back to Scotland for the first time since Skyfall, if filming plans (as revealed by British newspaper The Daily Mail) ring true. But don't expect a Skyfall Lodge return; that was actually filmed in Surrey, England. Sorry to disappoint.
007 star Daniel Craig, director Cary Fukunaga and the #Bond25 crew were out in the sunshine today shooting across a number of London locations, including Whitehall, where Daniel filmed a scene with a classic @astonmartin V8, first seen in a Bond film in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. pic.twitter.com/rhs13nNeyWJune 30, 2019
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has reported that the plot will involve genetic warfare – and that Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge came on board (at Daniel Craig’s insistence) to make the complicated science understandable to cinema audiences.
"The movie's premise is genetic warfare, which is fascinating – but you gotta boil it down and make it accessible," said an unknown source from production. "That's why Phoebe was hired. She has somehow made sense of it.
"There aren't many people in the world bright enough to bring some humor to the topic of genetics and the Human Genome Project."
The themes of No Time To Die? "Love and family," Craig told Total Film. "Because what’s bigger than that? Bond’s ‘family’ being Moneypenny and Q and M. And then Lashana [Lynch] comes in, and she’s like a distant cousin who you’re not sure about. I’ve always said: in Bond movies the world needs saving in the first frame, and in the last frame, he saves the world. OK. But in the middle – what the fuck? It’s got to be emotionally engaging."
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